Steve Smith & Buddy's Buddies

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All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
When thinking of drummer Buddy Rich, the first thing that comes to mind is a screaming big band propelled by the master. However, Rich also recorded in small group settings, and it's this facet of the drum legend's musical personality that Steve Smith and his friends explore on this CD. Teaming up with four alumni of the Buddy Rich band from the 1970s and '80s, Smith takes on the difficult task of filling Rich's drum chair for this impressive set. It's great to hear saxophonist Steve Marcus cooking again. He and alto saxophonist Andy Fusco provide the perfect frontline, blending seamlessly on the ensemble passages, then taking off in their distinctive solo styles. Marcus ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
When thinking of drummer Buddy Rich, the first thing that comes to mind is a screaming big band propelled by the master. However, Rich also recorded in small group settings, and it's this facet of the drum legend's musical personality that Steve Smith and his friends explore on this CD. Teaming up with four alumni of the Buddy Rich band from the 1970s and '80s, Smith takes on the difficult task of filling Rich's drum chair for this impressive set. It's great to hear saxophonist Steve Marcus cooking again. He and alto saxophonist Andy Fusco provide the perfect frontline, blending seamlessly on the ensemble passages, then taking off in their distinctive solo styles. Marcus gets out there on his soprano and tenor while Fusco locks in closer, only to rise on "Airegin." Pianist Lee Musiker shows talent that deserves wider recognition, providing a fat chordal underpinning one moment and soaring through an inventive solo the next. Bassist Anthony Jackson brings impressive credentials to the gig and delivers a solid bottom throughout. Steve Smith shines in each setting, never aping Rich directly, yet still conjuring images of Rich and the great Billy Cobham as well with his facile, polyrhythmic yet swinging approach. His brushwork will surprise those who think of Smith only as a high-energy rock and fusion drummer. The choice of material is good, with a number of mostly familiar pieces mingled among a couple of lesser-known chestnuts. This was one of the best small group jazz recordings of 1999, overlooked perhaps as a mere "tribute" recording. This album actually offers a smoking set of great music by a quintet that sounds like they've been playing together for years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Tone Center
  • UPC: 026245400627
  • Catalog Number: 4006
  • Sales rank: 95,121

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nutville - Buddy's Buddies (7:07)
  2. 2 Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - Buddy's Buddies (7:38)
  3. 3 New Blues - Buddy's Buddies (6:40)
  4. 4 Airegin - Buddy's Buddies (6:46)
  5. 5 How Do You Keep the Music Playing? - Buddy's Buddies (7:02)
  6. 6 You Stepped out of a Dream - Buddy's Buddies (5:03)
  7. 7 Moment's Notice - Buddy's Buddies (6:36)
  8. 8 Cool - Buddy's Buddies (6:41)
  9. 9 Ya Gotta Try - Buddy's Buddies (5:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Smith Primary Artist, Drums
Steve Marcus Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Andy Fusco Alto Saxophone
Anthony Jackson Bass
Lee Musiker Piano
Technical Credits
Steve Smith Producer
Walt Weiskopf Arranger
Andy Fusco Arranger
Lee Musiker Arranger
Malcolm Pollack Engineer
Cathe Rich Executive Producer
Mike Varney Executive Producer
Mark Griffith Liner Notes
Scott Hull Mastering
Don Joslin Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    buy this now

    excellent music in a small group setting - hear steve smith let go of some chops - a master!

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